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    Original Panama-Pacific Double Set Frame
    Only 12 Examples Produced By Shreve & Co.

    Original Holder for the 10-Piece Panama-Pacific Double Set. Auction appearances of the double set frame produced by San Francisco's Shreve & Co are extremely rare. This frame formerly housed two examples each of the Panama-Pacific commemorative coins offered in the preceding lots. Farran Zerbe commissioned Shreve to produce a dozen of these frames such that they could display the obverse and reverse of each type. About 300 well-resourced fair attendees purchased the $200 five-coin set, but few could afford to acquire a double set for $400. Only six or seven double sets were sold to wealthy individuals, perhaps some of whom were acting on behalf of banks or other professional institutions.

    The present frame is in excellent overall condition. The stippled copper frame is lightly patinated. Inside, the gold-foil-on-purple-cardboard description tags and upper ribbon are essentially unfaded, and the plush violet interior is as-issued. All original screws are seen on the leather backing. The easel is in working order with the original support ribbon. The hanging ring that would have been included above the easel hinge is missing, as is often the case. Four stickers, probably from a long-ago auction appearance or dealer inventory, are secured with clear tape and add to the interest of this amazing Panama-Pacific relic. The frame measures 10" x 7 7/8".
    From The Cherry Grove Collection.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    January, 2018
    3rd-8th Wednesday-Monday
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